This beautiful old girl showed up on Monday. Gordon and I went for a short walk, and she came out of nowhere and followed us home. She settled down on the porch and wouldn't leave! Gordon ended up taking her around to every house and cottage in the area and no one knew her. She had a collar but no tags, of course. Very frustrating.
She was well-trained (beautiful manners), and obviously cared for, with a brushed coat and gorgeous white teeth. We figured she had to be lost, not dumped. Gordon called the SPCA on Tuesday morning and they came and picked her up in a nice red minivan. The woman on the phone told Gordon that dogs are constantly getting lost up here in cottage country, and that they usually get picked up within three days, and if not, it would be no problem adopting her out if she had a nice temperament (and she does.)
And before you all start, we have "no dogs" in our lease right now!!! She did spend the night, and she was very good with the kitties, but I am going to get a dog when we move into our own home. But she was a beautiful girl and we gave her a lot of loving. I hope she was reunited with her parents quickly. And she seemed to speak English, not French, which furthers the cottage dog theory (people from Ottawa have cottages around here. Most of the people living in this area are Francophones.)
Here is a self-portrait from our road trip. I had to wait for a straight stretch of road so that the camera wouldn't slide off the dashboard!